2017-07-12 / Front Page

County to hire firm for pay study

Wage comparison for elected officials
BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com

A salary study that could lead to pay increases for the county’s six elected officials is expected to be done this fall.

Sanilac County Commissioners gave tentative approval of the study during last week’s finance committee meeting.

The contract with Municipal Consulting Services of Brighton will be on the board of commissioners’ agenda for approval July 18.

The study, which is estimated to cost up to $3,000, will include a comparison of salaries, stipends and benefits for the six Sanilac officials with elected officers in 12 counties of similar size.

The study will cover the county clerk, drain commissioner, prosecutor, register of deeds, treasurer and sheriff.

Although commissioners approved 4 ½ percent raises for the group in March, spread over a 16-month period, there was concern the six were still falling behind their counterparts in the 12 counties since the last wage comparison was done about two and a half years ago.

The goal is to complete the study before the end of the year so any wage adjustments can be plugged into the new budget year that begins January 1.

Meanwhile, commissioners also intend to hire the company to perform job evaluations during the annual job reclassifications for employees.

Administrator Kathy Dorman expects to receive about 10 requests for reclassification. The company has given commissioners a price of $350 to $500 per job evaluation.

The reclassifications would also be handled in the fall.

In other business, commissioners are expected to approve the purchase of an expensive software program on July 18.

The finance committee sent the motion to buy the new BS&A financial software system for general ledger, accounts payable, cash receipting, payroll and time-sheets, etc., for an approximate cost of $219,000.

The system, which will be purchased through an internal, seven-year loan from the county treasurer at 1.25 percent interest, will replace software that’s 25 years old.

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